The CLK is Dead, Long Live the New Coupe
The CLK series of coupes will get the axe after the 2010 model in an effort by Mercedes to move towards larger, more luxurious coupes. The new car will be based on the new E class and it will come in two shapes, that of a coupe and a convertible.
The new car will be unveiled once the E-class sedan will hit the market, somewhere around the summer of 2009, the coupe version that is, because the convertible will have to wait a year longer, or better said, we're gonna have to wait for it to come out.
This move comes as a counter measure for the competition who has already taken the large coupe class for a test drive. Eloquent examples are the Audi A5 and the Porsche Panamera with the latter coming out later next year. But the A5 is already tearing up the market, all the more reason for Mercedes to light a fire under its new project.
The inspiration for the new, unnamed car, will be the Fascination Concept that could be seen in Mercedes' stand at last months Paris Auto Show. That's so you can get an idea what you will be saving your money for. And speaking of money, the new car is said to cost more than a CLK, since it will slot in between the C class and the E class of the Mercedes line-up.
comments written so far
The CLK is a great small but not to small convertible. I for one will not move up to the E class size or down to the 2 seater size.
good Luck Mercedes.